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Pain Post Op
Are there any specific analgesics good for treating bursitis and femur/hip pain? Post-op 8 years femur repair with hardware.
Had hydrocele op 8 yrs. Ago, and have pain on-off. Got antibio. For epidi., which isn't helping. Is recurring pain yrs post op normal? Other possibil.?
Pain post -op: * years post op would be relatively long for any probable "Post-Op" pain. However with your history of testicular issues in the past, it seems you are more prone to problems in the genital area. Seek the attention of a UROLOGIST to determine what the most likely cause of your pain is now and possibly some tests like an ultrasound can determine and assure there is not something more serious. ...Read more
Extreme lower outer thigh pain 11d post op l knee arthro-mpfl repair &removal of osteochondral piece-severe swelling, hard to bend 3mth since injury?
Pain @ 11d is common: When fluid and swelling are present in the knee, you will usually see it on outer part of thigh. If a tourniquet was used it can also cause residual but temporary pain in thigh. If the surgeon did a lateral release that also causes pain on outer thigh. If pain is severe you should have your doctor examine to make sure there is not an infection or determine if fluid needs to be removed from knee. ...Read more
Had combined hysterectomy & cholecystectomy following 6wks of uterine & gb pain. 2wks post op still need norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) but husband says I should be better?
Post-op pain: Pain post-operatively can last for some time. Would allow for at least 6-8 weeks post-op before considering other sources for your pain. ...Read more
Can I take Advil (ibuprofen) for Hematoma pain control post op gallbladder while taking Cipralex, Clonazapam, and bupropion?
I am having a thorocoscopy in a month and was just wondering what the pain is like post op and what medication I will get? They may cut off blebs.
Don't worry: Pain will be minimum that will lost for just for few days and do not need strong narcotics and your doctor will decide. 19 yr getting pulmonary blebs is unusual. It is relatively painless procedure. ...Read more
Can vary greatly: Any surgical procedure will have some sort of pain associated with it - because everyone tolerates pain differently, it's near impossible to truly answer your questions. Rest assured, your nurses and doctors post-operatively will monitor your pain levels and correct them as needed or as able. Remember, reasonable pain control does not mean you feel no pain / zero pain / zero out of 10 on the scale ...Read more
Succes. Decomp. Lamenectomy 9/12. Sever lwr. Back and hip pain, 13 months post op. Injections unsuccessful. What now? 42 female. Plz. Help
Instability: It is not uncommon to develop instability after a decompressive procedure. You need to discuss this with your doctor. Most patient pts benefit significantly from conservative management such as physical therapy. A smaller percentage may require a stabilization if they fail conservative measures. ...Read more
Should feel better.: You did have a major surgery, and it does take a while to recover, but I would hope that you should feel better more than 2 months out. Please follow up with your surgeon to discuss this issue. There may be something the she/he could do to help you in the healing process. Good luck in your recovery! ...Read more
Had 2 large ventral hernias repaired laproscopically. Double mesh 8x10 used in repair. 2 large seromas formed. Having considerable pain 5 wks. Post op?
Hernia repair: Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is actually a very painful procedure. Additionally, seromas are also very common, but usually reabsorb and are gone by 6 to 12 months. Any remaining fluid collection is usually not symptomatic and can typically be left alone. Sounds like you're progressing along a fairly typical postoperative course, but if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to call your surgeon. ...Read more
Left groin pain. 2 weeks post op for right oophorectomy. Not laproscopic. 7" incision. Should I be worried?
Depends on duration.: It all depends on the duration and severity of the pain. If the pain has been persistent since the time of surgery and not getting worse then it is normal postoperative pain and not serious. However, if the pain is of recent origin or getting worse after surgery then you should go and see your surgeon again to make sure nothing serious is happening. ...Read more
Not sure why you have ear pain but please consult the doctor who did the tonsillectomy!
You may need to see an Ear specialist! ...Read more
Back pain: It is expected for you to experience lower back pain or discomfort after a lumbar spinal fusion surgery. If the intensity and frequency of lower back pain remain the same as before surgery or are progressively getting worse since after surgery, then further clinical follow-up evaluation is necessary. You need to elaborate about your spinal fusion surgery - pedicle screw or intervertebral fusion. ...Read more
Had an lap appendectomy 3 weeks ago. Feeling pain on the ex-appendix place after eating, and pain on the post op scar (same location). Okay?
You can expect to have some pain at the site of the incisions for sure. At those sites, the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall were separated. There will be some scarring and swelling.
Regarding the pain where the appendix used to be, it is less clear. Patients often experience some inflammation in the RLQ after this operation.
If your symptoms persist for much longer, call your surgeon. ...Read more
Can I utilize a mild tranquilizer for extreme anxiety in conjunction with pain meds for post op knee surgery pain?
Consult MD: Since both medications have a sedative effect, your prescribing md, with a full medical history can give the best guidance. Both anxiety and the "real pain" of surgery have a synergistic effect, it is best to treat both, as they are components in your suffering. Surgical pain responds to medicine, perhaps the anxiety component can respond to a psychotherapeutic strategy. Good luck! ...Read more
I have awful thigh pain 3 months post op hip replacement and still have to walk with a stick. I can not get dressed properly or get in the bath, ?
Cemented or not?: How do the xrays of the stem look? If cementless may still be ingrowth occurring. Needs to be followed with xrays or further testing. ...Read more
Can't have mri due to screws in my knee but knee keeps locking random swelling laterally and pain lateral side (post op knee)+bilateral muscle spasms?
If the screws were: Placed in the last 15 years they should be MR safe. Their presence may cause artifact that degrades the image, but depending on what your doc is looking for, an MR might still provide useful diagnostic information. ...Read more
Had lap surg to remove fluid from ovarian cyst thought to be irritating sacral nerves causing sciatica pain. How long post op should it take for nerve pain to resolve? Spine already cleared by mri
Weeks: If pain not resolved in one month, seek further evaluation. ...Read more
Can nerve pain med help post op pain for digit widget when there's ulnar nerve damage, claw hand, crps?
It can: Neuropathic pain is notoriously difficult to treat. Treatment involves many different aspects such as medications, nerve block injections, therapy, even surgery. While medication can have a good effect, it is typically not used alone. Crps itself usually requires a significant and multi-disciplinary treatment plan, and it is best treated aggressively and quickly/early! ...Read more
Depend: Discectomy is performed to eliminate pain arising from a compressed/irritated nerve root. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing the internal damage to the nerve. Therefore numbness and tingling may persist. When there is no internal nerve damage, the patient may awaken with immediate relief of leg pain. ...Read more
5 weeks post op pain from a supracervical hyst with righ side oopherectomy. Pain only on right side. Fairly severe. What could it be?
Is a gtube painful? I assume there is post-op pain... But I'm wondering about long term pain. Is there day to day discomfort with a gtube?
Not much: Yes, some post-op pain that settles down quickly. The tube is inconvenient but you need it, right? Be sure you do. Then there's care of the tube. Make sure the skin doesn't get all messy, inspect daily, flush with water after the food is put in. Don't tug on it much. If it gets clogged for some reason and can't be flushed then it may have to be changed, which isn't too uncomfortable. ...Read more
I am on Pregablin 600mg a day for post op pain since 7th Dec 16. I no longer want or need it. Can I come off this or do I follow a gradual protocol?
There is withdrawal warning with this medication... The larger the dosage and longer you are on it, the more likely withdrawal symptoms you may feel. As a result, gradually weaning over a week to two is advisable.
Consult the prescribing physician/nurse for further advice.
Roxanol (morphine): You should use this as prescribed by the doctor who gave this to you. Follow the direction as indicated. If any issues arise call the doctor-do not make any changes unless instructed. ...Read more
A few Weeks: He should be better in a couple of weeks. ...Read more
This can vary as to: The reason for the surgery as well as the type of surgery done. Other factors can also play a role, smokers have a high failure rate of any spine surgery. Surgery for just neck pain without any arm pain also has a lower success rate. In general, the actual post op pain for an anterior cervical disectomy and fusion resolves in 2 to 4 weeks for most patients. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on a number of factors: 1) allograft or autograft - when using your own tendon (either patellar tendon or hamstring tendon), the donor site (where we get the tendon) typically hurts more than the acl reconstruction. 2) type of acl reconstruction - some surgeons are performing "all-inside" acl reconstructions that have significantly less surgical pain, 3) individual pain tolerance. ...Read more